In an interview with The City 24/7, Ranjani Raman, Dietitian, Child Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator shares her insights about nutrition and her entrepreneurial journey.

Tell us about yourself, and how you developed your interest in nutrition and dietetics?
Food was always close to my heart and so I did my Masters in Dietetics and Food service Management. I wasn’t too keen initially to do counseling and work on diet plans but always was interested have a food outlet on my own. However, when I just started to practice, I realized that people needed help. Mostly, the right help!!! There was so much nutrition information available that people weren’t aware what to follow and what not. This is where I started pulling up myself with a strong vision that I should help people on understanding what they should do to nourish themselves, rather than what not to eat.

What motivated you to start Nutrition Tattva?
I was always entrepreneurial and was passionate about new ideas and meeting new people. I experimented by working part time and did feel strongly that there is a huge scope where people need help in terms of nutritional guidelines, strategies, approach and most importantly, counseling and being there for them. I took a shift from my corporate job when I strongly realized that is either “Now or Never”. My main motive was to build something where people who are interested to get healthier can rely on. So, I just took the plunge.

What kinds of tools and methods do you use to help your clients achieve their nutritional goals?
We work on a very personalized basis on a 1-on-1 approach simply because each one of us is different. We believe in keeping it simple and making clients understand various nutritional strategies so that they can follow for life. In our step 1, we collect a lot of data about their food habits, medical conditions, allergies, timings, nature of work and many more which helps us to tailor make their plans. Post this; we work with them for a specific period of time, making periodical modifications on their nutrition plan to help them achieve their goals. Our counseling methods and approach are individual specific.

Where do you think Indian parents go wrong while feeding their children?
There may be top 3 three things

  • Being ready to provide whatever the child asks for
  • Not educating the children about the benefits, effects and not engaging the children in understanding nutrition
  • Not following healthy eating habits themselves. I always believe children learn from watching us.

Any advice to parents of picky eaters?
Each child has their own preferences and we need to see how we can respect their choices and at the same time work on making it healthy. Some of the strategies that may work are

  • Understanding the child’s preferences and making them happy by incorporating those choices
  • Discussing with the child about some of the healthy foods, their benefits and making them choose at least 2-3 foods to be incorporated per week
  • Incorporating foods in different forms and experimenting with various methods of cooking etc which may get acceptable

If you could persuade people to change three things about their diet,  what would they be?
I guess it would be the basics, because a lot of people falter there.

  • Consume 2-3 liters of water per day. Very simple, yet I counsel people a lot to do this. Not many actually drink more than 2-3 glasses per day.
  • Eat at least 1 fruit each day. Again, I have had people saying they eat fruits once a month. It’s shocking!!!
  • Take time to eat and eat happily. Eat mindfully with as less distractions possible with a happy mindset.

One of the most common health concerns today is diabetes. What are your suggestions to avoid or manage it?
At least 3 out of 10 clients whom I see are either pre-diabetic or diagnosed with diabetes. We constantly educate people on below few strategies to prevent or manage diabetes.

  • Understand the disorder/disease/condition. Honestly, most people are not aware of what actually happens in the body in this condition.
  • Regulate your meal, exercise and sleep patterns
  • Understand the right portions to be included to avoid any unnecessary glucose load.

What are some of the most common nutritional mistakes you observe in your clients in Bangalore?
There is so much information all around that people are usually misguided and confused. Some of the mistakes they do are

  • Looking for extreme diet plans to see faster results.
  • Including foods that do not even go along with their body type, emotional happiness, lifestyle, culture etc.
  • Finding short cuts by opting for fat burning, weight loss products etc.

What is your advice for someone who is considering entering your field?
It’s an absolutely empowering field because the contentment in making your clients feel healthy is mind blowing. However, the intention should be to help people the right way. The foundation and integrity should be strong to not mess up with people’s lives with quick fixes or promoting supplements, products etc. If someone is truly passionate to provide the right guidance, with patience and if able to inspire others, this is an extremely wonderful field to be in.

About the Founder
Ranjani Raman
Dietitian (M. Sc (DFSM), PGCPDN, CDE)

Ranjani Raman is a Dietitian, Child Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She is also certified by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for lectureship all over India and holds a life membership with the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA), Nutrition Society of India (NSI) & Indian Association for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN). Her great passion towards the subject made her quit the corporate world and start her own Nutrition services company “Nutrition Tattva”, originally called Nutrilife in 2013.

She and her team of Dietitians work towards a mission of offering various services such as Nutrition counseling, personalized diet plans, corporate and school nutrition programme, nutrition consulting & menu planning for health based companies, concept development for food start-ups, nutrition testing, nutrition blogging, wellness workshops and more. Their academy focuses on educating people about various aspects of nutrition through their tailor made courses.

She has a broad experience in the field of nutrition for weight management, diabetes management, therapeutic nutrition, fitness nutrition, pediatric nutrition, health menu planning, food nutrition value testing, corporate nutrition etc. for over 7+ years, which enables her to give her best quality service by going extra mile, with pure passion and involvement. She has been featured on various online health portals, travel magazines, health magazines and frequently on the Deccan Herald health articles. She also believes in working closely with nutrition for the underprivileged by sharing easy and low cost nutrition strategies that can be followed for their betterment.

Beyond work, she is an avid nature lover and can spend as much time with nature, connecting to her roots. She is also a movie buff, loves music, reading books and trying out various cuisines.

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